Intercepting mobile communications: A cogent case for truth-seeking and slow news?

Even if most of us are powerless to completely evade it completely, the pitfalls of mobile phone intercepts are well documented and known. However, two articles recently published on the web can be read as somewhat justifying the use of material thus collected for truth seeking after an act of terrorism. Whether such use justifies … Continue reading Intercepting mobile communications: A cogent case for truth-seeking and slow news?

Deciding which mobile phone to bug and how: The incredible flip side of the growth of mobiles

I use the word incredible in the sense of difficult to believe or extraordinary. In one of the most revealing and interesting articles I've read in a while, the London Review of Books looks into the world of mobile phone surveillance. It begins with the example of http://www.mapamobile.com in the UK, a freely available service … Continue reading Deciding which mobile phone to bug and how: The incredible flip side of the growth of mobiles

The future of mobile applications and some other ideas

The Google Android Developers Blog lists the top 50 applications submitted to Round 1 of its developer's challenge. It's a damn impressive list. I was alerted to this from Appropriate IT's excellent post on it, which I fully endorse.  A PDF slideshow of all the apps, with screenshots and mock-ups, is available here.  However, as … Continue reading The future of mobile applications and some other ideas

Some thoughts on mobile phones and the digital divide

  Ken Banks has a super article up on PC World on using mobile phones to address the digital divide. In it Ken points to two aspects of mobile phones and their usage that not everyone even in developing countries quite understands.  "They can make and receive calls, they have an address book, they can send … Continue reading Some thoughts on mobile phones and the digital divide

1.4 billion people access the Internet today – ODR providers need to wake up to mobiles

A new report finds a quarter of the world's population accessing the Internet in 2008.  IDC's Digital Marketplace Model and Forecast estimates that 1.4 billion users of the Internet is set to jump to 1.9 billion over the next four years, bringing internet access to roughly 30 per cent of the world's population. "The internet will have … Continue reading 1.4 billion people access the Internet today – ODR providers need to wake up to mobiles

Democratic governance and mobile phones

"Don't get grandma hear it" was what US soldier Stephen Philips was reported in the Newsweek as saying when his cell phone redialled home during a fire-fight in Afghanistan and broadcast the chaos into his parent's answering machine . Though it would have been traumatic for the parents of Stephen Philips, yet this is an … Continue reading Democratic governance and mobile phones